The Straits Times
Published on Jan 15, 2013

Address issue of marital rape


SINGAPORE'S laws on rape are in need of a change ("Saying 'no' to seemingly harmless sexist views"; last Tuesday).

Apart from the few exceptional circumstances laid out under Section 375(4) of the Penal Code, criminal law here still does not recognise the fact that a man can rape his wife.

The fact that the perpetrator is the victim's husband should justify an even harsher sentence.

More should be done to encourage the reporting of such cases, which is in no way achieved by retaining this archaic exemption on our books.

If we are truly serious about addressing sexist attitudes in Singapore, there is no better time to change this law than now.

Junie Loh (Ms)